Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo and the eponymous National Park protecting 260 km2 of rolling hills, forests, and bush savanna is an underrated gem in Uganda’s impressive set of National Parks. The landscape surrounding the five lakes within the park is picturesque at least, and there is an abundance of wildlife ranging from zebra and antelope, like the […]

A visit to the Anuwak – Zu Besuch bei den Anuak

Even though the Gambella province is the least populated in Ethiopia, there are still five ethnic groups calling the land their home. Besides the Nuer and the Anuwak people, there are Majong, Opo and Komo, but when it comes to numbers, the Nuer and the Anuwak are the dominant groups. Members of these two are […]

Mutomboko – War dance of the Luba-Lunda – Kriegstanz der Luba-Lunda

As a westerner, being part of Mutomboko ceremony seems to be an entire series of puzzling moments, but if you think hard enough, you will recognize striking similarities to our own societies. Not that the bewilderment would go away. Als Europäer an der Mutomboko-Zeremonie teilzunehmen, heißt, sich einer ganzen Reihe von verwirrenden Erfahrungen auszusetzen. Wenn […]

Mansa & the African children – Mansa & die afrikanischen Kinder

Mansa is the capital of Zambia´s northeastern Luapula province right at the border to the DR Congo. It has got a population of around 40.000 people, a Shoprite supermarket, a gas station, schools and the provincial government, but in the end Mansa feels just like a village, like a huge dispersed settlement. There is a […]

Samfya & Lake Bangweulu – Samfya & Bangweulu-See

On the way to the north Samfya, Lake Bangweulu and the eponymous swamps are the gate to a, tourism-wise, completely undeveloped part of Zambia. Samfya is a sleepy little town with estimated 20.000 residents. It is the biggest village around the lake, which is 40 x 60 kilometers wide with seasonal variations, but the swamps […]

South Luangwa National Park

For wildlife watching, there is no better place than Luangwa valley. Intense conservation as well as the development of tourist infrastructure in the last decades have made the region along the river a gem among all the national parks and wildlife reserves. Huge herds of elephants roaming the valley, giraffes wandering through mopane forest, massive […]

Lealui & Zambezi floodplains – Lealui & die Sambesi-Flutebene

The unremarkable village of Lealui on the Zambezi Floodplains is home of the Litunga, the Lozi king, and it´s set only few kilometres west of Mongu, the official capital of Barotseland, the western province of Zambia. In a black and white striped boat, the Litunga and his men to move to the higher set palace […]

Lower Zambezi River – Am Sambesi-Unterlauf

Zambezi River is the fourth longest river in Africa next to River Nile, Kongo River and Niger River with a length of 2.574 kilometres. It rises in dense miombo woodland in Zambias utmost northwest. After a few kilometres, Zambezi River passes the border to Angola where it flows to the southwest for another 240 kilometres […]

Livingstone & Victoria falls – Livingstone & die Victoriafälle

Livingstone Modern-day Livingstone is located where once Constitution hill had been, only a few kilometres from Victoria falls and the original settlement. That settlement had been founded in 1898 but was relocated to the present place as early as 1901 because of the problematical climate conditions right at Zambezi river. Das moderne Livingstone liegt heute […]

Through the vastness of Zambia / Durch die Weiten Sambias

The landlocked country Zambia that had been a part of the British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia since 1890 encompasses 752.614 km2 which makes it twice as large as Germany – but with only 18 Million inhabitants most of which are living in the big cities. The country is the place where south, central, and east […]